Religion

Long-time pastor of St. Mark Baptist Church-Lauderdale, the Rev. J.C. Bachus, died surrounded by loved ones and close friends on Tuesday morning. He was 81. Johnny Clarence Bachus was born in Hernando, Mississippi on Dec. 16, 1939 to Eddie and...
Bishop Marvin Frank Thomas Sr. comes to Memphis and the CME Church’s First Episcopal District at a pivotal time in politics and in history. “I have come here knowing who Memphis is and what Memphis means,” said Thomas. “I come...
Count the Rev. Jeffrey Williams among the local pastors who – despite dwindling attendance – is rock-solid sure that the church will increasingly become a place of refuge in the troubled times ahead. Such assuredness is rooted in a faith...
Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and a circle of associates made wider by the Rev. John Lee Payne, the church’s longtime pastor, are mourning his death at 87. Rev. Payne died Monday after going into the hospital on the Saturday...
By The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Special to TSDMemphis.com Jesus was a poor black peasant preacher. Jesus led a religious and political revolution against Rome. Jesus’s revolutionary behavior and public proclamations got him executed – or what we’ve come to...
by Michelle Wilson Bradley -- Vinvecca B. Gray will be officially installed as the senior pastor at Golden Leaf Church, 1439 N. Hollywood, on April 7 at 3 p.m. “I am still in awe (as to) what God has done,” said...
by Danny Tennial -- The Rev. Dr. William A. “Bill” Adkins Jr. celebrated 40 years of ministry as well as his birthday at Greater Imani Church the Cathedral of Faith last Sunday (Feb. 5).  Dr. Adkins, Greater Imani’s senior pastor, spoke...
Grants totaling $548,000 recently were awarded to historic Collins Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, the first African-American congregation established in Memphis. The money came from the African American Civil Rights Grant Program Historic Preservation Fund. “I became Collins Chapel pastor four...
Kia Moore was the first woman licensed to preach at her home church, which was founded by slaves. In 2013, she became the youngest person to pray on the Tennessee House Floor as the guest clergy member. And, she was...
The likenesses of 12 Memphis-area pastors are the focal points in “Visible Portraits of Light,” an exhibit reflecting the collaborative effort of Memphis artist Larry Walker and B. Visible Magazine. An Opening Exhibit & Unveiling Reception (Feb. 26) hosted the...